Labor replaces Higgins candidate with high-profile barrister Fiona McLeod

Liberal stronghold in Melbourne could be in play with the retirement of cabinet minister Kelly O’Dwyer

Labor has replaced its candidate in the federal Victorian seat of Higgins with a high-profile barrister in a move that shows the Liberal stronghold could be at risk of falling for the first time.

The incumbent MP for the affluent inner Melbourne electorate, the cabinet minister Kelly O’Dwyer, announced her resignation from politics in January, citing hopes to spend more time with her children.

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Labor replaces Higgins candidate with high-profile barrister Fiona McLeod

Liberal stronghold in Melbourne could be in play with the retirement of cabinet minister Kelly O’Dwyer

Labor has replaced its candidate in the federal Victorian seat of Higgins with a high-profile barrister in a move that shows the Liberal stronghold could be at risk of falling for the first time.

The incumbent MP for the affluent inner Melbourne electorate, the cabinet minister Kelly O’Dwyer, announced her resignation from politics in January, citing hopes to spend more time with her children.

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More NSW voters want tighter gun laws in wake of Christchurch shooting

New polling shows support for stricter gun control, as Shooters hope for balance of power after NSW election

New polling suggests a rise in the number of voters who believe Australia’s gun laws need tightening in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack.

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced sweeping and immediate changes to the country’s gun laws on Thursday, including a ban on firearms used in the deadly Christchurch shooting and the introduction of a buyback scheme.

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Night parrot study retracted after experts cast doubt on its credibility

Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s claim of finding traces of rare bird questioned by investigation

The Australian Wildlife Conservancy has had to retract research it published about the endangered night parrot after an investigation into whether sightings of the parrot were staged.

An independent panel investigated evidence that was used to support reports published by the conservation group that claimed to have found traces of the elusive bird at Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary in South Australia and Diamantina National Park in Queensland.

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Big papers think alike: Berejiklian backed in NSW election stakes | The Weekly Beast

Common ground reveals the lack of political diversity in Australian media. Plus: the Mocker shocker

All the big Sydney newspapers have stood behind the Coalition for the New South Wales election on Saturday, a stark reminder of the lack of political diversity in Australian media.

Gladys Berejiklian is a “dour, workaholic and mostly competent technocrat” but Michael Daley’s Labor opposition is a “wild bunch of political hucksters”, according to the Australian’s editorial, which endorses the Coalition for the state election.

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Big papers think alike: Berejiklian backed in NSW election stakes | The Weekly Beast

Common ground reveals the lack of political diversity in Australian media. Plus: the Mocker shocker

All the big Sydney newspapers have stood behind the Coalition for the New South Wales election on Saturday, a stark reminder of the lack of political diversity in Australian media.

Gladys Berejiklian is a “dour, workaholic and mostly competent technocrat” but Michael Daley’s Labor opposition is a “wild bunch of political hucksters”, according to the Australian’s editorial, which endorses the Coalition for the state election.

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Coalition’s migration rules questioned by former immigration bureaucrat

Abul Rizvi questioned how demand for visas will triple when rules make permanent residency harder to obtain

The effectiveness of the federal government’s new rules for skilled worker migrants, designed to encourage people to settle in the regions, has been questioned by a former senior immigration bureaucrat.

Abul Rizvi, the former deputy director of the department of immigration, has also questioned the wisdom of designated area migration agreements (Damas), bespoke arrangements which carve out regions with special visa rules and concessions, to address skills shortages.

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